What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

It sucked. Europe can keep their stinkin’ diesels.

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I rented an XC60 while I was in Italy. No idea which diesel engine (there’s apparently three versions: 150, 190, and 235 hp).

Honestly, it’s like driving a dormant volcano; 4000 rpms of absolutely nothing, and then ALL THE POWER AT ONCE, and then you’re out of revs and have to upshift.

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The automatic was geared for fuel economy, so naturally, it avoided the brief powerband like the plague. And the gears weren’t short enough to stay in the powerband when I did floor it, so the car was constantly lagging and lurching.

It was legitimately dangerous to drive, because it WOULD NOT FUCKING ACCELERATE when pulling out of a junction. I almost got rear-ended twice because the smoggy little fucker wouldn’t rev.

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At least an underpowered gasoline engine has some enthusiasm while revving. My Miata had just 128hp, and my mom’s Prius had a measly 110hp, and yet both felt leagues faster than this shitty Volvo.

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